Outdoor Learning

About Growing Devon Schools

Environmental Awareness

Food & Health

Background

The partnership came together in  June 2012 following publication of the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Report earlier in that year. The report presented three key findings:

  1. The most effective food growing schools achieve significant learning,  skills, health and well-being outcomes for children and young people.
  2. Food growing in schools has a positive impact on the schools,  communities, organisations and businesses involved.
  3. Many schools grow food, but only some do so in a way that achieves the maximum benefits for all involved.

The publishing of the School Food Plan in 2013 has supported the drive to introduce and support food based education in schools with actions for government including:

  • Put cooking into the curriculum: make cooking and food an entitlement in key stages 1 to 3
  • Set up flagship boroughs to demonstrate the impact of  improving school food on a large scale
  • Train head teachers: include food and nutrition in head teacher training

In 2019 we received funding from Awards for All and the Ernest Cook Trust which has enabled us to build a series of training and skill share events across Devon throughout the year.